Satisfy patron demand with audiobooks & check your holds for the inaugural LibraryReads September picks. These titles are among the 10 books chosen by librarians across the nation as their favorite books publishing in September. For info on how to promote these books at your library, along with the full list of September titles, visit www.LibraryReads.org.
#1 PICK: FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
Read by Rebecca Lowman and Maxwell Caulfield
Patrons of all ages are already fangirls and fanguys of bestselling author, Rainbow Rowell, thanks to Eleanor & Park, praised for its “observational precision and richness” by John Green in The New York Times, and for its “superb performances” in Publishers Weekly‘s starred audio review. Now Rowell returns (and narrator Rebecca Lowman is back, too!) to introduce listeners to the ultimate fangirl, Cath. Being a fan of Simon Snow is Cath’s whole life as she reads and rereads the Simon Snow series, writes fan fiction, and dresses up like characters. But as Cath grows up, she struggles with letting her obsession go. How long can she go on living inside someone else’s fiction? YA listeners and adults alike will fall in love with FANGIRL while finding out.
FUN FANGIRL FACT: Cover art is by Noelle Stevenson who also designed our new audiobook art for The Time Machine read by Sir Derek Jacobi. Request a free poster here.
NIGHT FILM by Marisha Pessl
Read by Jake Weber
“Everyone has a Cordova story, whether they like it or not.” Get ready to become entrenched in suspense like never before—just be warned, listen with the lights on! Experience this “film noir” nail biter on audio to dive deeper into the memorable mystery, told as it unfolds by investigative journalist Scott McGrath (narrated by Jake Weber). Patrons will hold onto their headphones as McGrath probes the strange circumstances surrounding cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova and his beautiful young daughter’s death. From gritty corners of New York City, to a reclusive cinema legend’s eerie estate, NIGHT FILM flickers by in a fast-paced rollercoaster ride towards the truth. Just try pressing pause.
AUDIOBOOK BONUS FEATURES: Listeners won’t miss a beat and will have fun poring over articles and documents found in an interactive PDF on the final disc of this powerful production.
SONGS OF WILLOW FROST by Jamie Ford
Read by Ryan Gesell
From the New York Times bestselling author of the beloved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, comes a much-anticipated audiobook that, as its title suggests, is a joy to listen to. When twelve-year-old Chinese-American orphan William Eng glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost, he is convinced that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song. Shifting between the Great Depression and the 1920s, SONGS OF WILLOW FROST takes listeners on an emotional journey of discovery as William confronts the mysteries of his past, and the truth about the Hollywood fantasy he sees onscreen comes to light.
JAMIE GREETS LIBRARIANS in this delightful video from the Random House Library Marketing BEA Breakfast.
FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL by Sheri Fink
Read by Kirsten Potter
Incredible reporting that also unfolds like a suspenseful thriller; this remarkable audiobook will prompt much discussion in your library. Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink’s landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina is riveting listening that will radically transform patrons’ understanding of human nature in crisis. In a voice at once involving and fair, masterful and intimate, this audiobook exposes the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals just how ill-prepared we are in America for the impact of large-scale disasters—and how we can do better.